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Reportex IME Wiki for Experts

Preparing an IME or medicolegal report can be an intimidating undertaking for medical practitioners who are unfamiliar with the report format and content requirements of the BC Supreme Court. Almost all experienced IME experts have never received any formal, independent instruction on how to properly prepare a report that will be used in court. Any instruction they have received has likely been from reviewing a sample report from a colleague, from receiving feedback from counsel (which is not independent), from undergoing rigorous cross-examination in the witness box and/or from attending a TLABC or CSME conference. Though this type of trial-and-error instruction can be helpful, it can also be erroneous, inadequate and extremely uncomfortable.

Over the years of her career as both a court reporter and as an IME consultant Christy and her IME team at Reportex have written extensive materials that provide information and instruction on all aspects of an expert's IME business. The information is organized in a searchable, secure wiki, access to which is reserved exclusively for our medical clients.

The Reportex wiki covers every facet of IME and medicolegal work, including:

  • Describing the five different types of reports prepared by medical experts for use in legal proceedings
  • Outlining the steps every expert should undertake prior to commencing an IME
  • Complying with format and content requirements (as established by the BC Rules of Court, by Mr. Justice Lowry in Croutch v. BC Women's Hospital and Rowe v. Bobell Express Ltd. and more recently by Mr. Justice Abrioux in Maras v. Seemore Entertainment Ltd.)
  • Providing detailed guidance on each section of an expert report, particularly how to format the 'Facts and Assumptions' and 'Opinion' sections
  • Determining what wording to use and what wording to avoid in a report
  • Knowing when to utilize footnotes, parentheses, italics or appendixes in a report
  • Explaining the biggest pitfalls experts make when citing literature references
  • Avoiding excessive involvement by counsel in your report (even in light of the decision of Sharpe JA in Moore v. Getahun).
  • Addressing what never to do when testifying in court, regardless of your level of experience
  • Understanding the pros and cons of providing draft reports to counsel
  • Setting an appropriate fee for IME reports, medicolegal reports and trial testimony based on your level of experience, both in your area of expertise and as an expert witness
  • Learning how to effectively and ethically market your IME business
  • Accepting that IME work is not mandatory, and if you are not prepared to work within the stringent formatting requirements and service deadlines, you should refuse the work
  • Realizing that IME work is a business and that in order to be successful in this business your opinions must be not only defensible, they must also be helpful

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